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Your Baby at 4 Months

Rolling over used to be a 4-month milestone, but now it is happening later, at around 5 months.  Put your baby on his stomach for at least a half-hour a day to build upper-body strength. Now is also a good time to begin playing simple sound-gesture games, such as "Where is Thumbkin?" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider."  Your baby may begin to make trilling, growling and lip-smacking sounds.

Your Baby at 3 Months

By 3 months, your baby can grasp a rattle that's placed in his hand and bring his fingers into his mouth. He also can lift his head 45 degrees while lying on his tummy and can push his legs down when held standing. If your baby does not smile socially, coo or lift his head 45 degrees at 3 months, talk with your pediatrician.

Vaccination Vindication

Measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and Hib meningitis—all vaccine-preventable diseases—are making a comeback in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the time of writing, 2011 was on track to be another record year for measles, a potentially deadly illness; 10 infants died in California in 2010 from pertussis; and five Minnesota children contracted Hib meningitis in 2008, resulting in one death.

Bad Headaches for Mom Equal Colicky Baby

When your colicky baby is crying endlessly, we're sure that means a splitting headache for you as a mom. But a 2012  found that mom's migraines—which are a painful fact of life for many people—may actually be the reason for her baby's colic, according to a report on CBSNews.com.

The study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, shows that "mothers who suffer migraines are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic," CBSNews.com reported.

Cry Baby

“Colicky” is a label given to babies who cry for more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks. But most experts believe it is an overused, ambiguous term at best. “‘Colic’ is an old-fashioned term that actually means ‘upset stomach,’ which it usually isn’t,” says pediatrician Harvey N. Karp, M.D., author of the book and DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block (Bantam).

Natural Healing

When choosing an alternative therapy for your baby, it’s essential to know what really works and is safe for the younger set. “There’s so little scientific evidence for safety or efficacy when it comes to the use of natural therapies for babies,” says New York City pediatrician Stuart Ditchek, M.D., author of Healthy Child, Whole Child (HarperCollins).

Temperature Gauge

In most cases, your baby’s fever is nothing for you to get hot and bothered about, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report published in Pediatrics. “Fever is not an illness,” explains Janice E. Sullivan, M.D., co-author of the report and a professor of pediatrics at University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. In fact, fever can be beneficial because it triggers your baby’s body to produce more infection-fighting white blood cells.

The scoop on poop

The-scoop-on-poop

Yes, it is. As your daughter’s intestines mature and she is able to digest your milk more completely, the amount of waste she produces is decreasing—which means she now can go for days without having to poop. This pattern often begins at about 6 weeks of age and can continue while a baby is exclusively breastfed.

Now for the caveat: If your daughter seems to be very uncomfortable when passing bowel movements or if she is having hard stools, be sure to talk with your pediatrician. But if she is growing well, smiling, peeing and pooping without pain, everything should be just fine.

Potty politics

Potty-politics

In a word: regression. When the new baby arrives, much of your focus will be on her diapers—specifically, the pee and poop in those diapers. It can be hard for a toddler to see so much attention being paid to one family member’s elimination habits at the same time he’s supposed to be growing up and giving up his “nappies.”

Need Fluoride Drops

Need-Fluoride-Drops

Too much fluoride can permanently stain a child’s teeth, so before you supplement, determine how much your baby is getting from all sources (including your local water supply and infant formula), then talk with your pediatrician.
 

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